It certainly seems like Newcastle are starting a new chapter in trying to build a good team that can win something this season and finish in the top eight in the Premier League – those are the two goals for this season given to new head coach Steve McClaren and his team by Managing Director Lee Charnley.
Lee Charnley – we want quality over quantity
And in an attempt to communicate better, more effectively and more frequently with the vast Newcastle fan base around the world, Managing Director Lee Charnley sent out an email to fans last night.
This is the portion of that email where he states a few key messages to Newcastle fans.
I’d also like to highlight a few key messages:
- Financial strength. The decisions we’ve made over the past few years have given us the financial strength to net spend significantly this summer, as well as retaining those key players who were in demand from other clubs.
We’ll continue to spend on the squad moving forward and have no need or desire to sell our best players.
- Our strategy is clear – quality over quantity. We want the best young players available to us.
We have brought in high-calibre players that will make an immediate impact.
- A new Board structure. The Board have worked very closely together during this summer window. We want a squad that is strong defensively, combined with plenty of creativity, attacking intent and flair.
We are all of one mind when it comes to our vision for the squad.
- A long term strategy. We’re delighted with the players we’ve brought in, but we always knew that it would take more than one window to reshape and restructure.
This is the start not the end. It will take time and number of windows to get where we want to be.
We are in a very strong financial position. To allow us to continue in this vein, we need to ensure that the club’s finances remain just as healthy over the coming years.
We ask that you trust us in this process.
We want our club to progress and be the best it can possibly be.
Steve McClaren seems to have dropped a hint as to how much money is available to the Board to spend – because when he was talking about this summer’s transfers a couple of weeks ago – he said he would have liked to have spent the £150M all at once.
Steve has talked about the first three transfer windows being important to the club, so it could be that he still has £100M to spend before next year at this time.
Lee Charnley said the official amount of net spend this summer was £52.6M – about £7M more than we initially estimated.
We expect to see some players brought in during the January transfer window, and more top players next summer, with quality being the major factor.